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Tortorella says Blue Jackets 'need to be better'

Making playoffs isn't enough, Columbus coach claims following first-round loss

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time, but coach John Tortorella said their standards need to be raised.

"I think we need to get by this 'Young team, yeah, you went through some really good experiences,'" he said Thursday at Nationwide Arena. "No, we need to start thinking that we are a playoff team and that when we get the opportunity we need to be better."

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Preds Trio of Bonino, Sissons, Watson is Defending, Scoring, Laughing

Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette Put Line Together as Shutdown Unit; Offensive Output Added Bonus

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Peter Laviolette had an inkling.

Nashville's head coach already knew Nick Bonino, Colton Sissons and Austin Watson were excellent, two-way players, equally reliable at both ends of the ice.

He also knew, as the Predators entered their Round One series against the Avalanche, a top priority would be shutting down Colorado's top line, anchored by likely League MVP Nathan MacKinnon.

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Inside Scoop: Pens-Caps (Game 1)

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

Thoughts, musings and observations from the locker room prior to the Pens' Second Round Game 1 showdown against Washington.

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The definition of cuteness

'Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day' isn't just a one-off with the Canadiens

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - When you're on the road as much as the Habs are during the season, it's important to spend quality time with family whenever possible.

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Maple Leafs, Matthews frustrated after Game 7 loss to Bruins

Toronto center held to two points in first-round series

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The bill of Auston Matthews' cap was pulled so low you could hardly see that his eyes were glazing over. The Toronto Maple Leafs center doesn't like to show his emotions at the best of times. And this certainly wasn't one of them.

Still, he couldn't hide his disappointment. A season of hope, a promise of taking that next step.

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Round 2

Carpenter, waived by Sharks, to face them in playoffs with Golden Knights

Forward says he has no extra motivation entering second round

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Ryan Carpenter has plenty of motivation with the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Zucker's King Clancy nomination a team effort

Zucker family has raised nearly $1 million through its #GIVE16 campaign since the start of the hockey season

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- When Jason Zucker was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, the Newport Beach, California-born, Las Vegas-raised Zucker couldn't have imagined the roots he would one day put down in the State of Hockey.

Not only is the forward starring on the ice, scoring a career high 33 goals this past season, but Zucker has also married a Minnesota girl and started a family here.

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Petry: Rate increases

The 30-year-old took on an expanded role in 2017-18 en route to becoming the Canadiens' most-used defenseman when Shea Weber went down

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - To say that things were slightly different for defenseman Jeff Petry this season would be a serious understatement. Perhaps the understatement of the year.

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Round 2

Predators counting on second line to sparkle in second round

Turris, Fiala, Smith aim for uptick in production against Jets

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators know they'll need each of their forward lines to be at its best if they are to defeat the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference Second Round.

In a first-round, six-game victory against the Colorado Avalanche, the Predators averaged 3.67 goals per game without much offense from their second line of Kyle Turris, Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith.

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Round 1

Heinen to replace Wingels for Bruins against Maple Leafs in Game 7

Winner will face Lightning in Eastern Conference Second Round

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Danton Heinen will replace Tommy Wingels at forward for the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NESN). 

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy swapped Wingels for Heinen in Game 6 of the best-of-7 series, with Wingels playing on the second line with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci, and Rick Nash moving down to the third line with Riley Nash and David Backes.

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